Johnny Isakson

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Johnny Isakson currently serves as the Jr. Senator for Georgia

John Hardy "Johnny" Isakson, a Republican, has represented Georgia in the United States Senate since 2005.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Isakson voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Not Republican enough?

Isakson is often referred to as a Republican In Name Only (RINO) by those who opposed his nomination in 1996 and 2004. In fact, pundits such as Fred Barnes have said his predecessor, Zell Miller was more conservative despite being a Democrat. [1] Despite the claims by some that Isakson is not conservative enough, Isakson has been given an "A" rating by the National Rifle Association, the "Hero of the Taxpayer" award by Citizens Against Government Waste, and a "92" rating on a scale of 100 by the Christian Coalition of America.


Isakson was was born December 28, 1944 in Atlanta. He was educated at the University of Georgia, and was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1976-90) and the Georgia Senate (1993-96). In 1996 he ran in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sam Nunn. Derided as being "too liberal," after declaring himself "pro-choice," he lost in the runoff.

In January 1999, when 6th District Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich decided not to take his seat for an 11th term, Isakson ran for the seat in a special election in February and won easily. He won the seat in his own right in 2000 and was reelected in 2002. He never faced an enthusiastic or well-funded challenge, as the 6th district is arguably the most Republican district in Georgia.

In 2004, he secured the Republican nomination for the Senate seat left vacant by the retirement of Zell Miller, who had once defeated Isakson in the 1990 race for Georgia Governor.

During his failed 1996 Senate bid, Isakson had announced he was a pro-choice candidate. Many pro-life Republicans never forgave him, and his stance cost him the Republican nomination. Since then, Isakson has drifted to the right on social issues. He is now anti-abortion (with some exceptions), anti-gay marriage and pro-gun rights. On the Issues, a nonpartisan Web site that rates candidates, labels Isakson "a Libertarian-leaning conservative." [2]

Isakson's election is fairly consistent with Georgia voters, who tend to be fiscally conservative, business-oriented, and moderate on civil rights issues.

Money in politics

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Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Johnny Isakson. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
120 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1004
Phone: 202-224-3643
Fax: 202-228-0724
Web Email

District Office- Atlanta:
One Overton Park, Suite 970
3625 Cumberland Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-661-0999
Fax: 770-661-0768

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. Senate
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 2004
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January 3, 2005
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
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U.S. House of Representatives 1999 (Special Election)-2004,Georgia House of Representatives, Georgia State Senate, Chairman, Georgia Board of Education
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1. One Overton Park, Suite 970 3625 Cumberland Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-661-0999 / Fax: 770-661-0768

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Date of Birth: December 28, 1944